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suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 25th Mar '08 11:22 PM

WELCOME TO THE GROUP!

I am really just testing out this discussion forum!

But I will add in that I just got back form a trip to NYC where I got to see "Young Frankenstein". Very fun and funny. Also saw "A Chorus Line" and "Spamalot" (each for the 2nd time).

Then I came back to Phoenix and saw a touring production of "The Color Purple". So I've had a good helping of musicals this month!

How about you?

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 26th Mar '08 1:21 AM


Oh, Susan! I'm green with envy! What a wonderful month you've had.

Lately, I've watched some of my old favorite musical movies, including "Oliver!", "Cabaret", "Show Boat", "All That Jazz", "South Pacific", "The Music Man" and "The Lion King". The only live performances I've seen in many moons are those of the theme park variety -- I live in Orlando now. The best ones at Universal Studios are "Beetlejuice" and "The Blues Brothers", while my absolute all-time favorite at Disney is "The Lion King".

My daughter, Lily, has been in many little theater productions (while we lived in Alabama) and is currently taking Drama at Dr. Phillips High School here in Orlando. I think it was Newsweek that voted her school number four in the country for its drama department. Her teacher is awesome, and spent several years in road productions. She's big on improv, and right now her students are learning makeup techniques. Lily loves her class! The school's theater -- not an auditorium at all -- features incredible acoustics, 850 real upholstered theater seats and a huge stage with a beautiful red curtain. There are several Drama teachers, each experienced thespians, and the school also has a film production department with a daily television show.

My love of the theater began during my first play. I was a nameless child of the king in "The King and I" at the historic Springer Theater in Columbus, GA. I was fortunate enough to be in many productions until mid high school, when cheerleading took over my free time. As an adult, I've done theater makeup for many companies and little theater groups, and it's one of my passions. My favorite play in this regard is "The Wizard of Oz" -- what a dream come true!

Anyway, I love musical theater! So glad to be a part of this group!

Susan

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:30 PM

Hi,

I would love to see Broadway shows. Haven't done that yet. Ironically, I've seen some in London!

On a humorous note, my sister and I went to see "Menopause, the Musical" last weekend in Dallas. It was a hoot.

I was in musical theater productions in high school and college and have done some community theatre.

On a side note, I'm interested in how the girl who was in "Hairspray" on Broadway will do in this season's "Dancing With the Stars."

Pepper

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 3:27 PM

Menopause is hilarious!

What shows did you do in high school? As a high schol teacher I am looking for what we should produce next year (and I don't ever want to do 'Grease' or 'High School Musical'!)

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 31st Mar '08 11:21 PM

Suzer, the shows I did were old ones: "The Music Man," "Lil Abner," "Carousel," "Bye, Bye Birdie" and "Flower Drum Song," not nearly enticing enough, I suspect, for your kids.

And on a related but different topic...is anyone keeping up with Marissa from "Hairspray" on "Dancing with the Stars"? She's doing well and would seem to be a natural for this show, but despite the perkiness, I think she's struggling a bit.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3302)
Tue, 1st Apr '08 2:04 PM

Have hardly seen anything in the past couple of years - been working too much to make plans - but now that it is getting warmer I am planning to frequent the TKTS booth on Broadway. My daughter also was in scads of theatre while young, so I got a lot of my theatre education from her. She got her Masters in Performing Arts Administration, so I am hoping she'll have the time to get back to it when grandson has longer school days.

My all-time favorite musical is Ragtime; saw it 3 times on Bway and was lucky enough to go to a panel discussion at NYU with Doctorow and the full tech team from the original Bway production.

I even saw Chu Chem, which has to be the worst musical ever written. Walked out at intermission, but I'll bet none of you saw it!

Alice

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 1:09 AM

I always forget about Ragtime! My students are very diverse colors and we totally colorblind cast everything. Do you think we could play the blacks and whites of Ragtime with Hispanics, blacks, mulattos and a couple of white kids?

I directed Once on This Island a few years ago and I dealt with the racial issues by costuming all the rich mulattos in white. Plus the play is couched in the genre of storytelling, so I figured ANYONE could be telling the story! But a show like Hairspray is SO reliant on the race issue I just don't think I could do it - it wouldn't play right.

Of course we just did Flower Drum Song (the 2002 rewrite) and none of us are Chinese!

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 3rd Apr '08 2:23 AM

It would be very difficult to do either Ragtime or Hairspray with a blind eye to the actors' races. It would be so confusing! When a major theme of a production is ethnic origin, it would be too far of a stretch to ask the audience to accept a multi-racial cast in certain roles. However, doing a radio type reading would work better.

Having said that, West Side Story and South Pacific seem to be able to transcend all barriers and still hold up well. I guess it just all depends on the play.

Susan

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 6th Apr '08 7:38 AM

I would think that Ragtime would be a tough musical for a school group to do anyway. Aside from anything else, it is very long. I'd think everyone would want to do Sweeney Todd right about now.

Here's a fun one for you - City of Angels. Have you done that one? Lots of fun - and the counterpoint between the author's life and the character's life makes for great costuming opportunities. I'd be happy to expound further.

Alice

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 22nd May '08 9:49 AM

Suzer, I love the photo!!!

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 24th May '08 9:36 AM

Thanks re the photo - I would have put up the "teddy" pic but I am making a ridiculous face in that one I performed Janet about 18 years ago, back when I was skinnier.

As to "City of Angels", that's a show I don't know at all! Tell me more!

ghanthorn
Ghanthorn  (Level: 101.1 - Posts: 1147)
Fri, 27th May '11 5:01 PM

City of Angels was terrific. Music by Cy Coleman ("Little Me" I believe and a host of others). Larry Gelbart (television MASH) did the book. James Naughton in the original (1990 or so).
The lighting was one of the things that made the Broadway production special. When characters moved into the "written" part of the story they suddenly became sepia (as did the set), but the other parts of the stage were vibrant colors (and the actors as well when they crossed over). Kinda hard to describe, but it was a major technical breakthrough.
As to plot -- not unlike Woody Allen's "Play It Again, Sam," except that the Humphrey Bogart character is a detective that the writer has created.
The lyrics are amazing, including rhyming "forte" correctly with "court."
I cannot picture it without the technical effects, which I believe would be awfully difficult to reproduce.



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